Masterpieces and Mansions

With all the brand new high-rise buildings and seemingly never-ending construction and reconfiguration of New York City, sometimes you encounter and became more appreciative of the historic gems peacefully dwelling on the outskirts of all the commotion.

Throw on something fabulous and hang out in a one-hundred-year-old mansion exhibiting masterworks by J.M.W. Turner, Degas, Rembrandt and Titian. The Frick Collection on the Upper East Side will transport you back to a time when ladies wore matching hats and gloves. The former residence of financier and industrialist Henry Clay Frick we are now the fortunate viewers of his extensive art collection. Inside you will wander through nineteen rooms of art spanning from the Renaissance through the late nineteenth-century.

On special exhibition through January 19, 2014 is Vermeer’s famed Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) and other pieces by Dutch masters such as Carel Fabritius and Jan Steen. Don’t procrastinate on this one – it could be your last chance to see it in the United States for a while.  The painting has not left The Hague in the Netherlands for nearly thirty years! Take advantage of the extended viewing hours on Friday evenings as well as free admission.

Just a warning, you may find yourself getting distracted from the work because of the stunning interior. Each space is treated with meticulous care. Whether it is the hand painted murals, the indoor garden court, or the custom-made pipe organ in the South Hall, the building itself is a wonder.

The Frick Collection

1 East 70th Street

New York, NY10021

Frick.org

Photo information

The Fragonard Room

The Frick Collection, New York

Photo Credit: Michael Bodycomb

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